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mint tea

This wonderfully refreshing and rather sweet beverage is often served as a part of Middle Eastern and North African meals, but it is great on it's own as it is not only tasty but it settles digestion and even cures tummy aches.

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Ingredients:

1 teabag of pure green tea
a handful of fresh mint leaves
2-3 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar
1 medium teapot and boiling water

Preparation.

Slice the mint leaves julienne style. Boil the water and pour over a green tea bag into a kettle. Let it infuse for about 1 minute, until the tea has beautiful vibrant yellow colour but is not too strong. Remove the tea bag.
Add the sugar and mix until it dissolves.
Add the mint leaves, cover the teapot and let infuse for 10 minutes.

Leave the mint inside the pot, and pour in small shot glasses before and throughout the meal.

Enjoy!

15 comments:

  1. I buy, drink and savour mint scented green tea but I had never thought of making some myself! Thank you maya for this beautigul idea. I do not like drinking unscented green tea but I guess I'll give it a try with this added fresh leaves!

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    1. I think you'll love this, it tastes just like mint tea only more refreshing. It also makes amazing iced tea in summer - just add a bunch of home grown mint, a couple of bags of green tea, a little honey, a few slices of lemon and lots of ice :)

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    2. I will! What about some lime zest instead? yummy!

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    3. Ooh, I think lemon zest would be fantastic!

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    4. Sorry, lime zest! I love the smell of lime zest, if I could wear it like a perfume I would. Mango and banana gelato with lime zest is sublime.

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  2. but green tea gets a little bitter if I dont drink it within some minutes so I don't know if it's ok to make a cold version.

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    1. It depends on the mint. I grow Old English Mint, it's got broad furry leaves and it's incredibly sweet and aromatic, almost spearmint-like no bitterness at all. Also, for iced tea, I add the mint into cooled tea, so it doesn't cook. Maybe that would help?

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  3. I grow spearmint also. :-) it's not because of the scent, even simple green tea gets bitter if you dont drink it almost immediately. That is why i prefer the scented one.

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    1. I am obviously confused today! You said green tea and I went on about mint...LOL. With green tea, I know it gets bitter if you leave the tea bag in for too long, does it also get bitter just because it's cold? I suppose the iced mint green tea has a litlle bit of bitterness on the back of the tongue, but mint, lemon and honey balance it nicely. I make the green tea to be mild, then add the rest. Out of scented green teas, have you tried Twinings Peach green tea? It's lovely :)

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    2. Yup, it gets bitter if you forger to drink it!��
      Maltodextrin is added in teas to make them not bitter ;-) nope, i have not tried peach green tea, but i like cold peach flavored black tea in summer. I've tried rasberry green tea and didn't like it even though i love maline💖

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    3. I didn't know that about tea and maltodextrin. Yeah, the flavours of tea don't alwas work. I bought a blueberry and coconut tea a while ago, I love those two flavours but the tea was very unpleasent to my taste. You never know! These days, I drink mostly chai tea with milk and herbal with honey and lemon, or just water with lemon and honey.

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  4. How did you make all this stuff?:-) kept the posted recipes in draft and then made links in that page?

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    1. Do you mean how I made the list of recipes on that page? Or something else? All the recipes are published on the blog, but it's been afew years since then so they are in archive.

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    2. Ok :) thanx,I had not seen them all that is why I thought they were secret recipes or smth :) happy to find them.

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    3. Ah, no, not secret, just it's been a long time so they are lost in archives :))

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